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Herndon Immediate Relative Visas Lawyers

Immediate Relative Visa Lawyers in Fairfax County, VA

The immigration process can be complicated, but U.S. citizens have an advantage when it comes to helping their close family members resettle in the United States. Immediate Relative (IR) visas provide a vital pathway for many families to ensure that they can live together. These visas can usually be received relatively quickly, with no limits on the number of immediate relatives who can come to the U.S. and no need to wait multiple years for a visa to become available.

For families in Fairfax County, Virginia and the surrounding areas, The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC provides legal assistance with the immigration process. We work with family members to ensure they understand the steps they will need to follow and the requirements they will need to meet when applying for visas and obtaining Green Cards. We can help family members navigate the application process and provide all required documentation to receive approval for immigration. With our help, families can reunite and build lives together in the U.S.

Eligibility for Immediate Relative Visas

Immediate Relative visas are available exclusively to the immediate family members of U.S. citizens. The categories of eligible relatives include:

  • Spouses: A U.S. citizen can sponsor their foreign spouse for an immigrant visa. If the couple has been married for at least two years, the spouse will receive an IR-1 visa, which will allow for permanent residence in the United States. If the couple has been married for less than two years, the spouse will receive a CR-1 visa, which allows for conditional residence in the U.S. A conditional Green Card received through a CR-1 visa will expire after two years. The spouses must apply to remove the conditions on a Green Card prior to its expiration, after which the immigrant spouse will receive a permanent Green Card.
  • Children: A U.S. citizen can sponsor a child for an IR-2 visa if the child is under the age of 21 and is not married.
  • Parents: If a U.S. citizen is over the age of 21, they can sponsor their parents for IR-5 visas.

U.S. immigration law allows for the immediate availability of IR visas. Unlike Family Preference visas, there are no quotas for IR visas or limits on the number of visas issued. This ensures that families can avoid lengthy waiting periods until visas will become available.

Requirements for Sponsors

Sponsors must meet specific requirements to prove that they will be able to financially support their immediate relatives who resettle in the United States. A sponsor must submit an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864), which will provide information about their income and assets to show that they have the financial means to provide the necessary support. This affidavit will also serve as a legal agreement to provide all necessary support and ensure that a family member who immigrates to the U.S. will not become dependent on public benefits.

When applying for a visa on behalf of an immediate family member, a person will be required to provide documentation proving their family relationship(s). This information may include a marriage license or birth certificate, as well as documents demonstrating the sponsor's U.S. citizenship, such as a passport, birth certificate, or naturalization certificate.

Contact Our Herndon, VA Immediate Relative Visa Lawyers

When sponsoring family members for immigration, an experienced attorney can provide invaluable legal help. At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, we can help prepare and file petitions and supporting documents, ensuring that all legal requirements are met correctly during the application process. We can make sure immigrants are prepared for visa interviews, offering insights into the questions they may face and the best ways to respond. We can also assist in addressing any issues that may complicate the immigration process, such as applying for waivers of inadmissibility if there are any issues that may prevent a person from receiving authorization to enter and live in the United States.

Our firm is committed to helping families throughout every step of the immigration process. We provide compassionate legal support and thorough representation, working to unite families and help them achieve their American dreams. To schedule a free consultation and learn more about our immigration services, contact us today at 571-441-2233.

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